while the contestants were getting their mix, stir, and bake on, we the judges were having dinner and reviewing the rules and regulations of the war:
after the 35 minutes was completed, we had the opportunity to chat with the contestants as they presented the finished product one by one. first up, was a chocolate cupcake glazed with a velvety chocolate frosting and topped with sunflowers, surrounded by a bed of sprinkled grass. yum.
next contestant served us a vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting and sprinkles. another treat that was tastefully enjoyed.
last but not least came the caramel french toast cupcake. myself and the other judge sitting beside me were able to witness the contestant frosting the cupcake(s) upon their exit out of the oven. since it was sort of a frosting mess, we were really not looking forward to sampling; however, to our surprise, these cupcakes were pretty delicious. proved to us that the more of a mess you make, the better the cupcake will taste. :) again, great job bri.
although all the contestants were winners today, we had to pick one. 3rd place went to the vanilla buttercream cupcake...2nd to the caramel french toast cupcake..and the 1st place winner was the chocolate sunflower garden cupcake. in the end, it all boiled down to presentation, moisture, texture, and the overall taste of the cupcake. what a pleasant experience this was. a fun time was had by all as we are certainly looking forward to the next round of cupcake wars. until next time, cheers!